Ugo Bassi (2019 Annual)
Director, Financial Markets, DG FISMA
Ugo Bassi is Director of Financial Markets in the European Commission’s DG FISMA (Financial services). Among other high priority files, he manages the Capital Markets Union (CMU), a key priority and catalyst for further financial integration in Europe. In that framework, he is responsible for the Sustainable Finance workstream and hence for the implementation of the Action Plan adopted on 8 March 2018. In addition, he deals with specific financial markets legislation including MiFID/R (Directive and Regulation on Financial Instruments); EMIR (Regulation on Derivatives); CCPs (recovery and resolution); MAD/R (Market Abuse Directive and Regulation); Asset Management including AIFMD, UCITS and EUVECA.
From 2012 Ugo Bassi has worked as Director, in charge of coordination of legal matters and economic analysis within DG FISMA. He also managed specific topics such as the Accounting Directive and related issues, Company Reporting, Audit and Credit rating agencies. Moreover, he has worked to eliminate barriers to capital flows as well as enforcement of all financial services legislation.
Between 2006 and 2012, he has held various management positions and was involved in negotiations on some key files in response to the financial crisis, prior to which he worked in public procurement, including the successful adoption of the Defence Procurement Directive.
A lawyer by profession, Ugo Bassi worked as “referendaire “in the Court of Justice before joining the European Commission and he has worked in private sector law firms before taking up service within the European Institutions.